Sunday, September 20, 2015

Quickies - Black Cats & Pumpkin Boys

chenille stem Halloween figures, Halloween decorJust one quickie project for this morning - chenille stem characters.

Black cats and pumpkin boys to frolic around the old Halloween tree or for treat bags or just to have around.


An old craft - easy to do - one of those to make while watching a good movie or a great college football game.

I will show the black cats and let you figure out the pumpkins.

You need thick and thin chenille stems for the bodies.

Cut in half for the body and into fourths for the arms.

Fold the half pieces to form the legs and torso.

Insert the arm piece through the loop and twist tightly two turns or so.

Thin, striped chenille stems cut in half for the middle belt and the kitty tail. 

Half piece of green glitter chenille stems for the hanger.

Loop the piece and slide under arms.

Twist in the front and in the back to secure.

The green sparkle makes a belt buckle.

I created a file of kitty heads and pumpkin heads with owls from images from the Graphics Fairy. 

Using Tacky glue to attach the heads to the bodies.

I made ninety bodies!

I painted shipping tags orange and stamped owls on the front and "Happy Halloween" on the back.

At first the characters look like stiff starfish, but you can have a lot of fun bending them into playful poses.

It is acceptable to talk to your chenille stem characters at this point.

No one is paying any attention.

I attached three to each tag.

Available in my Etsy shop and in Booth W-10, Riverfront Antique Mall, North Augusta, SC.

Yes, I do custom orders.

See y'all!


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  1. These are so cute! It's not often we get to see you crafting! Love them! I'm sure they will fly out the door at both your etsy shop and at the mall!

  2. Donna, you are so amazing. Don't know how you accomplish so much in such a short time. Those tags are so cute ... you should not have any trouble selling out of them quickly.

  3. So darn cute! Great idea for your booth for Fall! I bet you will be making 90 more soon!

  4. So cute!!! I don't I've ever done anything with chenille stems; but you have inspired me to try this out! Pinned

  5. And they danced by the light of the moon!

    Spooky cuteness overload!

  6. Donna,
    These little Halloween critters are just adorable...gotta make some! Thanks for the tutorial. Love your full of inspiration and ideas!

  7. Those are adorable!! I love those and they look so easy...maybe something I could do?

  8. These are super cute! I bet you'll be busy making Santa's again soon!

  9. Hi Donna! :)
    I have never seen these before and love them, thank you for the tutorial!
    They are just so stinkin' cute!
    I can't believe you made so many, I don't know how you do all that you do!? Lots of chocolate?? ;)


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